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Note. The English translation by Kristina Rus is defective in many places. This is a more polished version by Lasha Darkmoon in which the English translation of the original Russian article has been revised and sometimes paraphrased. For further corroboration of American fury at Russia’s successful airstrikes in Syria, see Russia will pay price for Syrian airstrikes, says US defence secretary. See also: The West Fears Russia’s Success in Syria — Not Its Failure.
The more Russia looks good,
the more America looks bad
Russian operation in Syria started less than a week ago, but the first results are in. Losses of terrorists number in the thousands, infrastructure is destroyed, and in addition, Russia has shown the entire world who are the actual sponsors of global terrorism, say the experts to Накануне.RU.
The military operation of Russian troops in Syria against ISIL militants started less than a week ago. However, even in that short span of time, a number of landmark events have occurred. First of all, we are talking about a joint statement by the seven countries: France, Germany, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, the UK and the USA, that they are concerned about the strengthening of Russia in the region. A number of countries, primarily the USA, has made some pretty aggressive statements about the Russian mission in Syria.
Here is Russian military expert, Colonel Alexander Zhilin:
“It is too early to draw conclusions, but the emphasis is clear. Here’s the point: in fact, all the statements of the USA have confirmed that ISIL is a non-structural subdivision of that country, i.e., of the United States itself. This terrorist army was created in order to bypass resistance forces (particularly nuclear ones) in order to conduct operations in different parts of the globe. As soon as the Russian air force began to inflict serious blows, the Americans threw a tantrum fit. This is because ISIL militants had appealed to them for help. When we intervened, US actions demonstrated who is providing “cover” for ISIL.
Who needs this terrorist cancer?
The whole world saw for itself the face of the global sponsors of terrorism! They saw that a coalition led by the United States is a sham!”
Накануне.RU military expert, Colonel Alexander Zhilin.
LD: The fact that the US and ISIL (or ISIS) have close ties, and that ISIL is in fact America’s own Frankenstein creation (as al-Qaeda was), is now a well known fact—as this picture illustrates:
Colonel Zhilin noted that, up to this point, ISIL’s advance in Iraq and Syria were due largely to the fact that no one put up any resistance whatever to the ISIL fighters. The ISIL terrorists had at their full disposal the advantages of American space, intelligence, and military-technical exploration. Even the official missions of the anti-ISIL coalition, led by America, resembled a simulation—a pretend attack—striking only at insignificant targets or at empty space in the desert. Amid last week’s events, for example, the efforts of the American pilots in the fight against terrorism was truly laughable. The raids managed to destroy two ISIL excavators!
Another reason for the aggressive reaction from the US to recent events in Syria was the unexpectedly high technical competence of the Russian units.
“I’ll give you one example,” the same military expert explained. “More than 50 aircraft were transported to Syria. More than 2000 people were transported in transport aircraft to Syria. And not one of the vaunted NATO radars in Turkey, Bulgaria or the other countries in the region were efficient enough to record all this activity! Today, the Americans can’t even see our guys working on the ground! We have developed such a system of technical cover—of invisibility, so to speak—that the Pentagon is going crazy! We can see them, but they can’t see us. It’s clear that all their plans have failed.”
Meanwhile, the pilots strictly follow the orders of President Putin and are answerable to him. While in New York, the Russian president proposed to divide the Middle Eastern sky into different sectors of control. The incident with the four Israeli planes, who were pushed out of the Russian sphere of control by Russian pilots, demonstrated this unambiguously.
“We Russians showed that we were serious,” Colonel Zhilin added. “That we mean business. There is no perfidy here. We alerted everyone in advance what we were about to do. This included Netanyahu. And of course the America knew our intentions too. It seems to me that our “partners” think that Russia will wind snot on a fist. No, that time is over!
LD: “Wind snot on a fist” appears to be a Russian idiom equivalent to the English phrase “eat humble pie”.
The high standard of the work done by our crews comes as a big surprise to the Americans. They are in shock at our sheer efficiency! A 500-kg bomb, released from a height of 5000 meters, flies smack into the window of a bunker. Straight on target. It’s inconceivable! I’d say we put up a pretty good show! Everything went like clockwork”
One of the results of this first week of bombings of the terrorist militants in Syria is that the world has been given a demonstration of Russia’s high-tech precision weaponry. Russia not only has the most advanced and sophisticated weapons, they also know how to use them professionally.
In regard to the losses of the militants, even the conservative figures given for such a short time are very impressive. Zhilin cited figures of the Israeli and American intelligence, comparing them to Russia’s own figures. According to these data, during the first five days of the operation more than 2,173 fighters were liquidated. Against the background of repeated statements by Barack Obama about the “inefficiency” of the Russian military intervention, these figures offer a stark contradiction. They may even be understated.
According to political analyst Professor Igor Panarin, by October 5, the number of Islamic militants killed, wounded, missing and deserted amounts to 9,389 people. The expert also refers to the avalanche of deserters—roughly half the total number of those fighting— all of these deserters “fleeing to Iraq, Turkey and Jordan”.
Zhilin added: “The fact that they run in all directions showed one more thing: that they are not fighters for Islam. They are the usual smelly mercenaries who are fighting for money. People will die for faith, but for those who are fighting for money, it makes no sense to die.”
Among the destroyed infrastructure, Panarin named 13 command control posts, 10 ammunition depos, five training camps, five fuel depots, five communication nodes, disguised terrorist bases, the center of special training of militants, a field ammunition depot, and four mini-factories producing armaments. In addition, a number of armored vehicles and weapons systems were destroyed: 19 T-55 tanks, 19 BMP, 18 armored personnel carriers, four MLRS, three artillery guns, and 16 vehicles.
Another important point that should be emphasized is this. Western propaganda linked the first raid with the death of children and civilians. But Zhilin was quick to point out:
“Russia is the only country in the world whose soldiers are held responsible for military action while abroad. Means of objective control, i.e., devices installed on each aircraft, monitor the actions of our crews. These include the striking of targets. Our country is committed to this in principle—the scrupulous avoidance of collateral damage and the needless killing of civilians— while all the other countries, and this applies in particular to NATO and the United States, give their military a free hand to kill and maim civilians without discrimination. These scoundrels have no business to blame us for doing anything militarily, since they are guilty of the most unspeakable crimes themselves!”
LD: The US bombed a hospital run by Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders) in Kunduz, Afghanistan, only last weekend, killing twelve doctors and nurses and at least 10 patients, including three children. An additional 37 people were severely injured, including 19 members of staff.